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4.85 from 19 votes

Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This is the BEST Chocolate Buttercream Frosting and it's so easy to make with butter, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar! You're going to want to lick the beater. 
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 cups
Calories: 296kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened 3 sticks
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 4-6 Tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Pinch of salt


  • Cream butter and cocoa powder together until smooth in the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer.
  • Add half of the powdered sugar mixing on medium speed until combined. Add remaining powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt, mixing well, and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add heavy cream or milk, 1-2 tablespoons at a time, mixing between each addition until you reach the desired consistency that is easily spreadable or pipeable, but will still hold its shape.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 587IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg